Writing: In writing, students worked to create final drafts of their nonfiction books. They used a checklist and applied editing and revising skills. In addition, sixth graders used Google Slides to create digital presentations that convey the information they learned. Students whose books and slides were completed worked hard to write historical fiction stories about their topic. This allowed the sixth graders to utilize new factual knowledge in a creative way. All of this wonderful work will be on display for the school and families to see at our Greece/Rome museum on March 29 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Reading: Sixth graders began the week with an article about homework on Achieve3000. They were able to read the information with a critical eye and think about the author’s point of view on the topic. Next, as a class we discussed what it means for an author to make a claim in a nonfiction text. Students worked with their language arts partners to analyze a text and determine the various claims made within it. They also found the various pieces of evidence used to back up the claim.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists continued their study of ocean currents and weather this week. They learned about debris that washed ashore after the tsunami in Japan and how scientists used this to study the way ocean waters move. In addition, sixth graders learned more about the Caribbean/Central America and practiced their lines from The Gettysburg Address.